Photos, video: Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner seats

Photos, video: Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner seats

Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 will take to the skies in October 2014, and we've got the first photos and details of the stretched Dreamliner.

The Kiwi carrier is Boeing's launch customer for the 787-9, which is a larger and longer-range version of the original 787-8 model.

Each of Air New Zealand's ten Boeing 787-9s will see a three-class configuration of 18 seats in business class, 21 in premium economy and 263 in economy.

We've put together this quick video clip to showcase the seats.

Business Premier

The pointy end of Air NZ's Boeing 787-9 will see 18 of the familiar Business Premier seats already seen on the airline's flagship Boeing 777s.

The lie-flat seats are arranged in a 1-1-1 herringbone layout so that every passenger has direct aisle access.

The seat is fitted with a 'memory foam' mattress, duvet and two full size pillows.

Premium Economy

Less familiar are the premium economy seats, with Air NZ choosing a more standard 'off the shelf' design instead of its Spaceseat (show below).

The 787-9's premium economy seats have been sourced from US seat designer Zodiac, with Air New Zealand calling them "a customised seat best described as Business-lite."

Arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration, the seats have a 41” pitch and 5” wide armrest, with a generous 9" recline, integrated leg rest and extendable foot support.

There are 21 premium economy seats in this stand-alone cabin, which also has its own dedicated bathroom facilities.

Read: Air New Zealand “remains committed” to premium economy Spaceseat

Economy

The bulk of Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 is given over to two economy cabins with all seating in a 3-3-3 layout.

This includes 14 Skycouch rows of three seats where the legrests and armrests flip all the way up to convert into a 'sofa-like' flat surface.

The Skycouch rows have a 33" pitch compared to the 31-32" of standard economy seats.

Read: Testing Air New Zealand's Skycouch on the 777-300ER

The rest of the economy cabin will be fitted with a standard economy seat from Zodiac but customised to Air New Zealand's specifications including a slimline seat back for more space, sculpted upholstering and a more flexible headrest.

See: Air New Zealand's Boeing 787 seatmap

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

18 comments

  • Broderick Boyd

    brobro

    7 Nov, 2013 04:49 pm

    Well done AirNZ, fantastic products! Im glad they have decided to go back to a more conventional PE seat. Ive travelled the space-seat a couple of times to LA, never was a big fan. Cant wait to try it!

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  • eminere

    eminere

    7 Nov, 2013 05:06 pm

    I'm sorry, all I can see is the first picture of those hideous printed pink uniforms. Ick!

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    7 Nov, 2013 05:46 pm

    Hey will Hong Kong get the 787-9?

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  • Koru17

    Koru17

    7 Nov, 2013 06:44 pm

    AMAZING! Once again Air New Zealand is at the forefront of delivering the BEST product in all classes.

    The new PE looks spectacular, a nice edition to the Spaceseat on the 77W. I believe the B777-200ER's will be updated to the same cabins as the 787.

    And lastly to eminere, I think NZ has lovely uniforms :)

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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    7 Nov, 2013 06:47 pm

    Nine across in Y on a 787 is not the best product for that class. 

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  • damien

    damien

    7 Nov, 2013 07:11 pm

    Just flew on B767 which was older than I probably, but actually had good pitch and comfy headrests. Apparently the width is 17.5" which was reasonably comfortable, I'm not sure how noticeable another 3" less will be. Battle will be on for the armrests though!! 

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    7 Nov, 2013 11:47 pm

    You mean 0.3" right? No airline I've heard of has a 14.5" wide seat.

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  • AirRhodesia

    AirRhodesia

    7 Nov, 2013 06:50 pm

    I've always wondered why people hated CX's old business class seats (labelling it as "coffin class"), and yet are fine with the business class offerings on Virgin Atlantic and Air NZ which are extraordinarily similar...

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    7 Nov, 2013 06:59 pm

    Mind you, Cathay's seat was only 18.5" wide.

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  • Ksmith

    Ksmith

    7 Nov, 2013 11:10 pm

    Cathay's old seat was narrower, not as comfortable, and had much higher walls surrounding it. Although the seat design was almost identical, it was a much more claustrophobic experience. 

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  • Skipp

    Skipp

    8 Nov, 2013 08:47 am

    Not only are the business seats similar to CX's old business seats, but their PE seats share the same DNA as well!

    The differences are that the Air New Zealand seats have a slightly better offering of a 41" pitch, as opposed to CX's 38". Also Air NZ have leather seating and leg rests that are identical to CX's PE front row seats. (As opposed the CX's hideous 'foot rests' that are basically bike pedals found in the other PE rows).

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  • watson374

    watson374

    10 Nov, 2013 04:44 am

    lol @ bike pedals

    No, you're right. They're the same sort of design, but more generously proportioned; both are similarly tasteful in design.

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  • reeves35

    reeves35

    8 Nov, 2013 11:51 am

    I assume all of this is a preview of what we can expect from VA when they redo their 77Ws in the next year or so.  It is likely that NZ and VA will want to have a very similar pax experience so I'd assume all of these seat configs to move over to VA done to the 10 abreast Y class :(

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  • watson374

    watson374

    8 Nov, 2013 09:43 pm

    That is precisely what VA needs to do. Install this product on the 77W. It's a shame they don't have enough of them, because I think they have the potential to kick off a HKG service.

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    9 Nov, 2013 11:58 am

    Their Y and PY products are superb (at least they look superb after the 2012 refit). All they need is to renew their hideous business class - hey, staggered seating anyone?

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    9 Nov, 2013 11:59 am

    Oh, and also they can start a new A330-300 product and fly that to Hong Kong.

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  • watson374

    watson374

    10 Nov, 2013 12:31 am

    I suppose the A330 is a viable future option for VA given it is their domestic flagship, but I'm not confident that they have a real need for it, given that their long-haul widebody international network consists of one destination, and that their domestic network does not really need an injection of more flagships (e.g. unlike QF on the golden triangle).

    I think VA would probably be better off waiting for the A350.

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  • AusFlyer

    AusFlyer

    8 Nov, 2013 03:36 pm

    Nothing all that special then... Although interesting that they are not using the 'space' seat... I was never a fan of them. They were good in concept but really not comfortable to fly in. 

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